The recent revelation by Canadian Pop Sensation Justin Bieber not just have us fans worried and praying for him, but also put light on the term ‘Ramsay Hunt Syndrome’ and introduced us to the severity of ‘Facial Paralysis’. So what exactly it is and how is it caused? What are the possible treatment options as per Doctors and Medical Industry Professionals?
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome is a neurological disorder caused by Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) which leads to inactivity of specific nerves in the brain resulting in a temporary facial palsy/ facial paralysis. It is caused when Shingles flare-up and affects your facial nerves near one of the ears leaving it inflamed and inactive. This painful rash around the ear is accompanied by ringing in the ears, pain in the ears, hearing loss, dry mouth and eyes, and vertigo. It leads to difficulty in eating and blinking as well. This sudden announcement of Bieber’s rare condition further introduces us to the importance of Facial exercises, which come under physiotherapy as means of treatment.
When conditions like weakening of the facial muscles and the incapability of the nerves to function & send out signals to the brain persist, Facial exercises become a cornerstone to the road of recovery by ensuring proper blood flow and nerve stimulation. Some important natural treatments like face yoga techniques to aid this syndrome are -
- Face Reflexology
- Nerve stimulation by Acupressure
- Facial Cupping to boost blood flow
- Face Massage Exercises to restore movement of the nerves
- Microcurrenting (small pre measured currents) to support movement
Click here for a quick “how-to” for the above mentioned exercises.
“The take-home message is that it can be cured” claims Dr. Mukherjee. 60-70% people with Facial Palsy have seen positive results and have proven to reverse this condition by incorporating face massaging techniques into their recovery route and have sought relief.
The 28-year old singer who recently cancelled his upcoming shows for his ‘Justice World Tour’ has reportedly informed his fans about his plan and action. He added that he’s doing facial exercises “to get my face back to normal and it will go back to normal, it’s just time”.
We wish Justin a speedy recovery for the same! <3
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